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Services   During  the 1970s and ‘80s, Phoenix grew in population and sophistication as a home to  small-scale enterprises, branch offices, and secondary research facilities. It  was in the last decade of the 20th century that Phoenix truly reinvented  itself—pulsating almost overnight with gleaming high-rise towers, stunning  arenas, and widespread economic expansion. New high-tech enterprises sprung up  and flooded into the Valley at a phenomenal rate. Corporations from domestic to  international began to consider Phoenix as a prime location for regional or  headquarter offices, while entrepreneurs planted roots in the state’s fertile  economic soil.

Real  estate construction and sales, both commercial and residential, broke records  on every front. Throughout the incredible growth cycle that spanned the 1990s,  the city managed to maintain an enviable position on the cost of living  index—particularly in the area of housing. Phoenix began construction on a  massive highway system in 1985 that represents the largest locally funded  endeavor in the nation. Strategic freeway connections have greatly reduced  travel times within the city itself and to surrounding communities. The metro  bus system and ride-share programs offer mass transportation alternatives,  while Sky Harbor International Airport continually expands to accommodate the  Valley’s  exponential growth.

State-of-the-art  medical facilities, research institutions, specialized health centers, and  hundreds of highly skilled professionals serve the Phoenix community. Phoenix  is home to more than 20 hospitals, medical centers, and specialized centers  that include the highly respected Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dedicated  facilities like Barrow Neurological Institute and Banner Baywood Heart Hospital  complement a selection of wellness centers to meet every need from advanced  care to proactive programs like public health screenings.

Committed  to providing a quality education, Phoenix schools harmonize leading-edge  classroom technology with traditional core values and a progressive attitude.  Basic skills are emphasized in the strong basic curriculum. Opportunities for  the expansion of self-expression and involvement in other positive learning  experiences are provided by art, music, health education, physical development,  foreign languages, vocational training, or career studies. The result is a well-rounded  and enriched education. On the primary level, reinforcing each child’s  self-esteem is at the core of the educational environment, providing lessons  that allow discovery, problem solving, and mastery.

The  metropolitan region’s public charter schools develop and implement bold and  creative approaches to education, stressing themes from “high-tech” to the fine  arts. Private schools that are either independent or parochial are plentiful  throughout the Valley, providing parents with alternative educational choices.  The quality selection of institutions of higher education ranges from community  colleges and universities to vocational and technical schools, adult education  resources, and leading business academies. Students of all ages can pursue  almost any career path close to home.

Lifestyle     From  sports to the fine arts, newcomers of all ages and interests will discover many  rich treasures in Phoenix. The city’s cultural jewels have become more polished  and abundant with the increase in population, supporting permanent companies  for ballet, opera, theatre, and symphony. Dazzling venues showcase the latest  Broadway hits as well as stellar national and international talent. Venues  range from the magnificently restored historic Orpheum Theatre to the popular  open-air Cricket Pavilion or the reconfigurable Dodge Theatre. Fine galleries  join the Phoenix Art Museum in providing a visual feast of sculpture,  photography, and painting. The internationally famous Heard Museum highlights  primitive and modern Native American artistry.

Lovers  of spectator sports can jump to their feet around the four seasons to cheer on  their favorite teams. Phoenix is one of the few cities in the nation to attract  a major league team in every sport. From the collegiate sports fever that never  fails to rise with ASU Sun Devils football to the popular Phoenix Suns NBA  basketball team, the Metropolitan Phoenix sports scene is filled with  surprises. Crowds from across the Valley flock to spectacular new stadiums and  state-of-the-art arenas to watch Phoenix Coyotes hockey, Arizona Diamondbacks  baseball, and football with the NFL Cardinals.

Those  who prefer to make their own tracks in the great outdoors can enjoy Arizona’s  blue skies, vast desert, or pristine lakes. Hot air balloons, four-wheel drive  recreational vehicles, hang gliders, jet skis, and dirt bikes are just a few of  the common diversions in a state where open space and natural beauty seem  unlimited. The city maintains 200 parks for year-round enjoyment, including  desert-mountain parks. Picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, ponds, natural  attractions, and first-rate sports facilities are all available for public use  and enjoyment. The Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Zoo are  nestled in the Papago Park area of the city, presenting a magnificent display  of wildlife, trees, and plants set against the Sonoran desert’s haunting  beauty.

Neighborhoods  throughout Phoenix offer a diversity of homes in varying architectural styles,  settings, sizes, and real estate price ranges. Historic neighborhoods in the  heart of the city are climbing rapidly in value as charming bungalows and  high-rise lofts or apartments are being built or renovated for convenient downtown  living. The vintage homes nestled in the Encanto Park region showcase elegant  architecture against the backdrop of ancient trees, lush gardens, and  meticulous landscaping. The ever-popular Arcadia neighborhood spans both  Phoenix and Scottsdale, offering another selection of beautiful homes nestled  in deep lots with mature greenery. Few locations in the Valley can rival the  prestigious Biltmore area for sheer elegance and a centralized location.

The  city limits of Phoenix are amazingly far reaching, encompassing the Ahwatukee  Foothills area. This panoramic urban village has the appearance and feeling of  a separate city, stretching between the South Mountain foothills and the city  of Tempe in the East Valley. Each one of the four major quadrants of the City  of Phoenix—East, West, North, and South—plays a unique role in the area’s  vitality. Nationally recognized as the nation’s “best managed city,” Phoenix  organizes its neighborhoods into 14 urban villages—each one with its own  planning committee appointed by the city council. Some of these villages have  also developed unique and distinctive “neighborhoods” with a close-knit  community spirit. Take your time discovering and exploring all that the City of  Phoenix has to offer. With its exceptionally high quality of life, vibrant  economy, virtually limitless recreational opportunities, affordable housing,  and relaxing southwestern lifestyle—Phoenix is an ideal place to call home.

East Phoenix     The  natural Phoenix landmarks of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain create the  scenic backdrop for this established area of the city, where mature landscaping  graces homes that were primarily constructed from the 1950s through the 1970s.  The enduring sophistication of the Camelback Road corridor adds a number of  attractions to this area, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa,  Biltmore Fashion Park, office towers, wonderful restaurants, and the Esplanade.  Another acclaimed resort, The Phoenician, is located just minutes away in  neighboring Scottsdale. In addition to upscale enclaves like the Biltmore area  and Arcadia, East Phoenix is home to many comfortable neighborhoods where  well-maintained homes offer a wide variety of architectural styles, periods,  and price ranges. Those East Phoenix developments closest to Papago Park, the  Phoenix Zoo, and the Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens also provide quick and  easy access to the cities of Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona State University,  and Sky Harbor International Airport.

Central Phoenix     Dynamic,  bustling downtown cultural and professional sports centers coexist beside  well-established core neighborhoods in Central Phoenix. Neighborhoods like the  Biltmore area, Arcadia, and the Encanto-Palmcroft area are known for their  stately homes set into deep lots covered by mature greenery. Architectural  styles tend to be diverse, harmonizing sprawling ranches with an occasional  Tudor or a handsome brick colonial graced by dramatic pillars. Simple tract  homes nestled in tranquil, welcoming neighborhoods offer more affordable  housing throughout this convenient area. Some of the most celebrated  attractions in the Valley are nestled in Central Phoenix, from Papago Park with  the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens to world-class venues, museums,  and stadiums. Interstates 10 and 17 and State Route 51 facilitate quick  commutes to all corners of the Valley of the Sun.

North Phoenix     Growing  exponentially, northern Phoenix sprawls from the Saguaro-studded open space  that surrounds new master-planned communities in the North Gateway area to established  neighborhoods that offer quick access to the downtown district. The area is  rapidly changing its former image as a bedroom community, welcoming an influx  of new business development and commercial activity. The addition of the  sprawling new Arrowhead Towne Center Mall has created a mecca of retail,  dining, and entertainment opportunities close to home. It is no surprise that  the area’s continually expanding employment base is driving an equally  impressive housing boom. Many families are drawn to North Phoenix by the real  estate values, taking advantage of beautiful new residential developments that  offer “more home for the dollar.” Even those who commute to jobs in other  Valley of the Sun locations have the advantage of high-speed travel on Loop 101,  Interstate 17, and State Route 51.

South Phoenix     Characterized  as an area of contrasts and diversity, South Phoenix encompasses the world’s  largest municipal park, unique attractions, historic neighborhoods, the rural  South Mountain Village, and upscale master-planned communities in Ahwatukee  Foothills Village. Interstate 10 provides a major thoroughfare with quick  connections to other Valley freeways including Loop 202 and State Route 51 (the  Piestewa Peak Parkway). Residents also enjoy a convenient location in  relationship to the world-class attractions in downtown Phoenix—from cultural  venues to professional sports areas. Ahwatukee Foothills Village is especially  convenient to East Valley employment centers. Superb city and mountain views  are complemented by first-rate recreational amenities like Pointe South  Mountain and the five-star Raven at South Mountain Golf Club. As a result, this  area is popular with developers of high-end residential enclaves.

West Phoenix     Surrounded  by the communities of Glendale, Peoria, and Tolleson, the vast area known as  West Phoenix continues to sprawl outward. Mature inner neighborhoods developed  primarily from the 1950s through the ‘70s now provide affordable older homes  with landscaped lawns and wide residential streets. Many long-established  residential developments in West Phoenix were built in response to the housing  demands for employees in the burgeoning aerospace, semiconductor, and petroleum  industries. Offering diversity in its population and environments, West Phoenix  is rapidly transforming its vast open space and fields into lovely new homes,  shopping plazas, and restaurants. Housing affordability, easy access to  downtown, and improvements in high-speed connections for commuters are driving  interest in this area. Desert Sky Mall, Peoria Sports Complex, Arrowhead Towne  Center Mall, Cricket Pavilion, and the antique capital of Glendale are among  the popular attractions.

Phoenix  Urban Villages

Ahwatukee Foothills     The  natural beauty of South Mountain, the nation’s largest municipal park,  separates Ahwatukee from Phoenix, aligning it geographically with the East  Valley cities. Many mistakenly think of Ahwatukee as a separate city,  particularly since the village has developed such a distinctive identity and  claims a rapidly growing population nearing 90,000. Bounded by Interstate 10 to  the east, South Mountain to the north, and the Gila Indian Reservation to the  south and west, the village offers an enviable lifestyle and superb amenities  in a convenient location. Everything from symphony performances to professional  sports events are available in downtown Phoenix venues. Sky Harbor  International Airport, the Arizona Mills retail complex, Arizona State  University, and East Valley employment centers are “right next door.” The  village showcases attractive residential opportunities for every taste and  lifestyle, from custom estates to family homes in beautiful subdivisions. Fine  residential developments in this area include The Foothills, Club West,  Lakewood, Pointe South Mountain, Mountain Park Ranch, Mountain Ranch Estates,  and Pecos West. Parks, golf courses, community centers, landscaped open space,  and multi-purpose paths combine with respected schools, abundant youth sports,  and activities for every age and interest. Drawn by natural beauty, newcomers  are captured by the area’s convenience, quality of life, and the warm spirit of  community.

Alhambra     The  centrally located urban village of Alhambra offers a convenient residential environment  where residents can easily access downtown employment centers as well as the  Valley’s finest entertainment and cultural resources. This area is dominated by  mature, stable, single-family homes in well-established neighborhoods.  Architectural styles vary widely, crowned by estates and luxurious executive  homes near Central Avenue in the northern section of the village. Some  neighborhoods like Rancho Solano showcase exquisite ranch-style homes on  sweeping lots that are shaded by towering trees and mature greenery. The village is primarily bounded by Northern Avenue,  7th Street, Grand Canal, the Black Canyon Freeway or Interstate 17, Grand  Avenue, and 43rd Avenue.

 Piestewa Peak

Camelback East     The  diverse village of Camelback East encompasses the bustling Camelback Road and  24th Street corridor. Upscale shopping, business, and entertainment centers  like the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the Biltmore Fashion Park, the  Ritz-Carlton Phoenix Hotel, and the Esplanade have played a major role in  preserving this long established area as one of the most desirable locations in  the Valley of the Sun. Many neighborhoods in this urban village were built  between 1950 and 1970, providing a wealth of well-kept older homes in a wide  range of settings and prices.

Some  of the most prominent landmarks in the Valley are located in Camelback East,  including the Wrigley Mansion, Piestewa Peak Mountain Park, the sprawling  Papago Park with its popular 18-hole golf course and baseball facility, the  Phoenix Zoo, and the Desert Botanical Gardens. The presence of internationally  famous five-star resorts like the Arizona Biltmore has driven the development  of magnificent residential enclaves in planned community settings with  luxurious recreational amenities. The village borders the Town of Paradise  Valley, the City of Scottsdale, 7th Street, Northern Avenue, the North  Mountains, and Piestewa Peak Park.

Central City     Serving  as the financial and government center for much of the city’s history, the  Phoenix downtown district has reinvented itself over the past two decades.  Today, the area features dazzling cultural venues, sports arenas, celebrated  restaurants, coffeehouses, nightspots, eateries and boutiques. Enthusiastic  crowds of residents and visitors mingle throughout the downtown area as they  visit world-class museums or attend sports and concert events. Burton Barr  Central Library, Patriot’s Square Park, Arizona Science Center, the Phoenix  Museum of History, the Heard Museum, historic Heritage Square, the State  Capitol complex, Symphony Hall, US Airways Arena, Chase Field, and Dodge  Theatre all contribute to downtown’s status as a destination address. The  addition of light rail, a beautiful downtown campus for Arizona State  University, and stunning new lofts and apartments are all contributing to this  area as a prestigious address.

Some  of the oldest neighborhoods in the city surround downtown. Those designated as  historic districts serve as a showcase of yesterday’s fine architecture, set  against a backdrop of mature greenery. Widespread renovation of the vintage  homes in the historic district has created enchanting neighborhoods like the  Willo District near the central corridor. Built in the ’20s and ’30s, these  homes feature unique styling, charming details, and one-of-a-kind architectural  appeal. Boundaries of Central City include McDowell Road to Rio Salado, the  Black Canyon Freeway (Interstate 17) to Grand Canal, and the Hohokam  Expressway.

Deer Valley     The  northern urban village of Deer Valley was named to honor the Native American  petroglyphs of deer that were once hunted in this area. Today, a surge of  new-home construction joins forces with business and retail development to  create a dynamic and progressive environment. Boasting one of the state’s  largest and most progressive school districts, Deer Valley is also home to one  of the prestigious Phoenix “Points of Pride.” Deer Valley Rock Art Center  protects a 47-acre nature preserve that showcases more than 1,500 petroglyphs.

The  housing selection in the Deer Valley area ranges from well-kept older homes to  beautiful modern construction that takes full advantage of panoramic desert  settings and mountain vistas. The city of Phoenix operates the Deer Valley  Airport, which provides a satellite to Sky Harbor International Airport. Many  thriving businesses including high-tech companies are located in this area, as  well as Turf Paradise racetrack. The Deer Valley Urban Village stretches from  16th Street east to the Phoenix city limits on the west. Greenway Road borders  on the south, and the Central Arizona Project canal creates the northern  border.

Desert View     Like  many of the residential developments that are springing up throughout Northeast  Scottsdale, Desert View Village in northern Phoenix reflects a strong  commitment to environmental sensitivity. This expansive area features lush  Sonoran desert landscape punctuated by the major geological features of Cave  Creek Wash, Union Hills, and scenic mountains. The village is already home to  more than 25,000 residents who have been attracted by the value of lovely new  homes in a pristine setting. Newcomers will discover an extensive system of  trails through the washes and along the roadways, creating a recreational  network and enhancing the intimacy of a small-town atmosphere. Also convenient  to this neighborhood, Reach 11 and Cave Buttes provide vast recreational areas.  Approximate boundaries are Carefree Highway to the north, the Central Arizona  Project canal to the south, the east Phoenix city limits near Scottsdale Road,  and Union Hills to the west.

 Encanto Park

Encanto     Part  of the Central Avenue corridor within downtown Phoenix actually falls into the  Encanto Village, which adds a number of high-rise residential and office  buildings to the cityscape. An ArtWalk now connects the Heard Museum, Phoenix  Arts Museum, Phoenix Theater, Central Library, and the Cancer Survivors Park.  The tree-canopied enclave known as the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District  features grand, vintage homes that wrap around the lush, 200-acre Encanto Park.  Providing recreational areas and facilities, the landmark park serves as a  community center for the annual ice-cream social and other events.

Wide  curved streets, picturesque yards, abundant greenery, and a proud legacy of  community spirit are the hallmarks of this picturesque area. Most of the  Encanto-Palmcroft neighborhood was constructed in the 1920s and ‘30s as part of  the “City Beautiful” or “Garden City” movement. Elegant manors shaded by  ancient trees and graced by brilliant garden blooms create a serene atmosphere  in the heart of the city. Just minutes away from the Arizona State Capitol  complex and downtown attractions, the area has attracted many professionals who  appreciate its unparalleled charm and daily convenience. Although the status of  this beautiful neighborhood has remained undimmed over the decades, the surging  popularity of historic Phoenix properties has intensified the interest in this  area as a residential choice. Encanto Village extends from the Grand Canal to  the Black Canyon Highway to McDowell Road.

Estrella     Integrating  well-established neighborhoods with vast parcels of undeveloped land and  exciting new residential developments, the Estrella Village area continues to  experience a  sweeping transformation.  Older sections of the village offer modest homes constructed in the 1950s and  ‘60s between 19th and 43rd Avenues. However, this sprawling village is seeing  phenomenal residential expansion in areas that were once farm fields or  dairies. Beautiful new subdivisions that provide first-rate recreational  amenities are springing up, attracting families and retirees to a pristine  desert setting that is graced by mountain vistas. Although some of this  high-growth area lies outside the Phoenix city limits, the Maricopa County  “islands” are still within the planning jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix.  The village covers approximately 41 square miles bounded by Interstate 10 on  the north, the Black Canyon Freeway and 19th Avenue on the east, Salt River on  the south, and 107th Avenue on the west.

Laveen     Situated  in the southwest Valley, Laveen is bounded by the Salt River to the north, 27th  Avenue on the east, the Gila River community on the west, and scenic South  Mountain Park on the south. The village represents a unique area within the  city limits because of its rural beauty and proud agricultural heritage as well  as untapped potential. Strategically located between the Salt River and  imposing South Mountain, this area has long been valued by farmers and  equestrians or those who appreciate seclusion and easy mountain access. While  Laveen Village has remained relatively unchanged for many decades, the focus on  close-in property for expansion near central Phoenix will inevitably transform  the face of the village. Laveen offers more than 25 square miles of prime undeveloped  and agricultural property within a few minutes drive from the major artery of  Interstate 10 and downtown Phoenix.

Maryvale     Many  of the planned neighborhoods in Maryvale Village were constructed during the  decades that followed the post-war housing boom. While the village preserves a  wide variety of housing from this period, it has also welcomed recent growth of  single-family homes in new subdivisions. One of the Valley attractions to this  area is Maryvale Baseball Park, serving as a major league baseball spring  training stadium. Residents of the village enjoy many well- developed  commercial areas that are filled with shops and services as well as the  regional attraction of Desert Sky Mall. Cricket Pavilion is also located in  this area, providing the Valley’s only entertainment venue dedicated to musical  concerts. The outdoor amphitheater draws Valley and regional crowds to stellar  performances.   Maryvale Village  boundaries extend from Grand Avenue and I-17 or the Black Canyon Freeway to  83rd Avenue, to McDowell Road, to Indian School Road to El Mirage Road, to  Bethany Home Road, to 99th Avenue, and to Camelback Road.

North Gateway     Well-known  for wonderful new residential developments such as Dynamite Ranch and  Taramanto, North Gateway Village was no more than vast acreage of open desert  just a few years ago. Approximate boundaries of this emerging, high-growth  region are 67th Avenue on the west, Union Hills on the east, the Central  Arizona Project canal on the south, and the Phoenix city limits on the north.  Expansion of business and commerce in the far northern corners of the Valley of  the Sun have only added to the convenience of North Gateway living. The  transportation efficiencies and commuting ease that was created by the  construction of Loop 101 have also enhanced the desirability of residential  property in this area. Developers are offering a wide range of new construction  in North Gateway that are designed to attract a cross-section of buyers. Many  families are drawn to the high value of the real estate dollar in upscale  neighborhoods, where recreational amenities are balanced with environmental  sensitivity that reflects a commitment to the preservation of the desert’s  natural beauty.

 North Mountain

North Mountain   Several  attractive, diverse neighborhoods share a location that surrounds the scenic  Phoenix Mountains Preserve and the Cave Creek Recreation Area. While  residential developments encompass many traditional central corridor areas,  they also include beautiful homes that are nestled against the foothills of  Phoenix Mountains and well-established suburban neighborhoods that enjoy close  proximity to the vast Metrocenter retail and entertainment complex. Another  important asset to this area is Arizona State University’s West Campus.  Paradise Village Mall and the wealth of services, plazas, and shopping centers  that surround it are equally convenient to North Mountain residents.

One  of the highlights in this neighborhood is the upscale Pointe Hilton Tapatio  Cliffs Resort, perched atop the dramatic peaks of the Phoenix North Mountains.  The resort offers a European village setting of richly landscaped gardens,  cascading fountains, fine dining, an 18-hole golf course, superb recreational  amenities, and a selection of residential opportunities. The boundaries of  North Mountain Village extend from 51st Avenue to Acoma Drive, 39th Avenue to  Greenway, and 16th Street to Cactus Road. They also extend through the  mountains to Northern Avenue.

 Camelback Mountain

Paradise Valley     The  sprawling and diverse northeastern quadrant of Phoenix is often called  “Paradise Valley,” which can be confusing for new residents to the valley. The  incorporated Town of Paradise Valley is a small, exclusive residential  municipality that is completely surrounded by the City of Scottsdale. The  northeastern area of the City of Phoenix that is commonly called Paradise  Valley offers a wide spectrum of housing and lifestyle options, from beautiful  new subdivisions to well-established neighborhoods of modest bungalows.  Paradise Valley Mall anchors an amazing number of retail plazas and strip malls  that also offer a myriad of specialty shops, restaurants, cafes, office  centers, and service establishments.

The  surrounding Phoenix Mountains offer trails for biking, hiking, and horseback  riding as well as picnic areas. Recreational opportunities also are available  along the Indian Bend Wash greenbelt. Loop 101 provides a quick east/west route  across northern Paradise Valley, while the Piestewa Peak Parkway or SR51  ensures easy access to downtown Phoenix and the core Phoenix neighborhoods to  the south. Loop 101 also links these northeast neighborhoods with Scottsdale  and the East Valley as it shifts direction to provide a north/south corridor  through Scottsdale into Tempe. The village extends from Scottsdale Road to 16th  Street, and the Central Arizona Project canal to Piestewa Peak.

 South Mountain

South Mountain     Rural  land, family neighborhoods, historic landmarks, the major attraction of Mystery  Castle, and the world’s largest municipal park are all encompassed within South  Mountain Village. Convenient to downtown employment centers as well as cultural  and professional sports attractions, this area also enjoys quick and easy  access to Sky Harbor International Airport. Nestled in the region that lies  between the Maricopa Freeway and towering South Mountain, the village was once  home to a score of Japanese flower gardens, citrus orchards, small farms, and  sprawling ranch properties. This area still retains much of its rural charm,  harmonizing a mix of moderate to upscale housing and some industrial  development. A convenient location within easy access to downtown cultural and  professional sports venues as well as city and mountain views and first-rate  recreational amenities makes South Mountain Village a desirable area for new  residential development. Boundaries include 48th Street on the east, 27th  Avenue on the west, the Salt River on the north, and the vast expanse of the  South Mountain Park Preserve on the south.

Phoenix  Neighborhoods

 Arcadia

Arcadia     Aptly  called by a name that means “a pastoral, peaceful place,” Arcadia is one of the  most desirable of the core Phoenix neighborhoods. First developed as long ago  as the 1920s by wealthy residents who desired an idyllic rural life, the area  features oversized lots where sprawling ranch-style homes are shaded by  hundreds of mature citrus trees. Stretching south from imposing Camelback  Mountain to the Arizona Canal about two miles away, Arcadia still attracts new  residents who appreciate the tranquil atmosphere and the selection of handsome  homes. Many are attracted to Arcadia for the warm sense of community as well as  the reputation of the public schools. Arcadia also provides one of the most  convenient locations in the valley. Residents live in close proximity to  upscale shopping, fine dining, professional sports venues, and important  cultural attractions in both Scottsdale and Phoenix. The neighborhood actually  spans Phoenix and Scottsdale, bringing together residents of both cities in a  closely knit community that many describe as almost “Midwestern” in its  friendly spirit.

 Biltmore Fashio Park

Biltmore     The  upscale core neighborhood associated with the legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort  & Spa spans out from the Camelback Road corridor between 24th and 44th streets.  The desirable Biltmore area is second only to downtown as the premier  entertainment, shopping, and business district of Phoenix. Biltmore Fashion  Park offers an oasis of fountains, lushly landscaped courtyards, brick  walkways, cafes, restaurants, and high fashion. Striking a perfect blend  between historic significance, new-world elegance, and international glamour,  the Arizona Biltmore Resort is known throughout the world as the “Jewel of the  Desert.” Nearly 40 acres of gardens, fairways, fine recreational facilities,  and architecture influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright have enabled the resort to  preserve an international reputation for superb hospitality. Residential  development harmonizes beautifully with the resort’s luxurious atmosphere, from  charming patio homes to stunning estates. Wrigley Mansion stands as the  pinnacle of opulence, perched on a hill north of Biltmore Fashion Park. The  chewing-gum magnate’s former estate now houses a restaurant and other fine  amenities that are available to the public. Because the mansion is forced to  maintain a private club status, an annual membership fee of $10 is donated in  full to charity.

 Moon Valley

Moon Valley     Stretching  between three scenic preserves—Moon Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and North  Mountain—the north-central Phoenix neighborhood that is popular known as Moon  Valley is anchored by Moon Valley Country Club. Moon Valley Park stands in the  center of the neighborhood, offering opportunities for family picnics,  basketball, volleyball, tennis, and relaxation. The local country club offers  competitive swim team training, and many youth programs are active in this  family-oriented setting, from league sports to dance and gymnastics. The strong  community spirit is most evident in the level of support for local school activities  and annual celebrations. Housing tends to be diverse, ranging from modest  townhomes or well-kept bungalows to million-dollar hillside estates with  spectacular views.

 

MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITIES

Throughout  the Valley of the Sun, welcoming neighborhoods nestled in fine master-planned  communities reflect the warm hospitality and casual elegance of the Southwest. The  variety of architectural styles and community settings can accommodate every  imaginable taste, lifestyle, and budget. Newcomers are able to select from a  wide array of patio homes, charming villas, luxury townhouses, posh  condominiums, elaborate estates, or ranch-style single-family homes. Many homes  feature archways that lead into charming courtyards or privacy walls that  ensure seclusion for artfully landscaped yards, covered patios and ramadas,  sports courts, and pristine pools.

Some  of the metropolitan region’s larger master-planned communities such as Sun City  and Sun City West, Estrella Mountain Ranch, Arrowhead Ranch, Anthem, DC Ranch,  and McDowell Mountain Ranch can provide all the amenities and conveniences of a  small town. Schools, libraries, churches, shopping and services, recreational  facilities, lush local parks, and connecting pathways create a true “community”  atmosphere.

The  following is just a small sample of the increasing number of residential  villages, subdivisions, and planned communities that are available in the Phoenix / Northeast Valley.

Anthem, North  Anthem Heights Drive, Phoenix.  http://www.onlineatanthem.com/   Just  beyond the lights of Phoenix in the pristine high desert are three communities  nestled in an award-winning development: Anthem Country Club, the Anthem active  adult community, and comfortable family living at Anthem Parkside.

Bellasera, East  Visao Drive, Scottsdale.  http://www.azbellasera.org/  The  prestigious community of Bellasera covers 290 acres of scenic high desert at  the foot of imposing Lone Mountain.

The Boulders, N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree.  www.theboulders.com   On  the edge of Carefree, the award-winning Boulders Resort and golf-course  community allows residents to enjoy access to resort amenities. Nearby, El  Pedregal Marketplace offers upscale shopping, fine dining, and live  entertainment in the open-air courtyard.

Copperwynd, Eagle  Ridge Drive, Fountain  Hill.  http://www.copperwynd.com/   Lavish  residences are surrounded by world-class resort amenities that include tennis  courts, swimming pools, a health/fitness center, and fine dining. The nearby  town of Fountain Hills provides commercial conveniences, community theater, a  library, and some of the Valley’s most anticipated special events.

DC Ranch, Thompson  Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.  http://www.dcranch.com/   Sprawling  near the foot of the McDowell Mountains, this community of beautiful,  family-oriented neighborhoods provides every amenity within walking distance.  Designed to offer the intimacy and sense of connection of a small town, DC  Ranch has developed a spectacular nine-acre indoor/outdoor recreational  complex.

Desert Highlands, East  Happy Valley Road, Scottsdale.  http://www.deserthighlandsscottsdale.com/    Magnificent  custom homes are nestled on pristine, generous high Sonoran desert lots that  command breathtaking fairway, city light, and mountain views in this private  golf-club community near Carefree.

Desert Mountain, Cave Creek Road, Scottsdale.  http://www.desertmountain.com/   Known  for its opulent homes and world-renowned Jack Nicklaus golf courses, Desert  Mountain is home to a variety of exclusive residential communities.

Desert Ridge, Tatum  Boulevard, Phoenix.  http://www.desertridgelifestyles.com/   Planned  to cover a complete 5,700 acres, this sprawling community creates a balance of  residential villages with resort, shopping, and entertainment development.

Dove Valley Ranch, North  Black Mountain Parkway, Cave  Creek.  http://www.dovevalleyranch.com/   Beautiful  homes enjoy an unspoiled high-desert landscape, recreational amenities, and  close proximity to the golf course of the same name designed by Robert Trent  Jones II.

The Estancia Club, North  99th Place, Scottsdale.  http://www.estanciaclub.com/   Nestled  on the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak, this prestigious North Scottsdale  community is known for its stunning homes, environmental sensitivity, and Tom  Fazio-designed golf course.

Gainey Ranch, East  Gainey Ranch Road, Scottsdale. http://www.gaineyranchcc.com/   Nestled  in a peerless centralized Scottsdale location, Gainey Ranch provides an  award-winning 27-hole golf course, lake vistas, fine shopping, and distinctive  properties.

Grayhawk,  E.  Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.  http://www.grayhawk.com/   Nestled  between two award-winning golf courses along with a wealth of amenities are  upscale homes, villas, townhomes, and condominiums from renowned builders.

Kierland, Greenway & Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.  http://www.kierland.com/   This  elegant, mixed-use development is in a convenient location in the central  corridor of North Scottsdale, which combines exclusive shopping, entertainment,  and dining with residential development.

Legend Trail, East  Legendary Lane, Scottsdale.  http://www.legendtrailgc.com/   Spectacular  recreational and residential opportunities include 640 unspoiled acres of high desert  preserved as open space and the recreational jewel of the Rees Jones-designed  golf course.

McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale  Road, Scottsdale.  http://www.mccormickranchpoa.com/   Scottsdale’s  ground-breaking development transformed 4,300 acres of arid land into one of  the Valley’s first and finest resort and residential communities. The  collection of fine homes are complemented by bike paths, fine dining, golf  courses,  tennis courts, and 130 acres of  sparkling lakes.

McDowell Mountain Ranch, Thompson  Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. http://www.mmrtrailtalk.com/modules/wfchannel/    This  family-oriented community features a wealth of amenities including trails,  parks, community center, swimming pool/spa, sports courts, and splash fountain.

Scottsdale Mountain, East  136th Street, Scottsdale.  http://www.scottsdalemountain.net/   Set  against the foothills of the McDowell Mountain Preserve, the community offers handsome  homes that command spectacular landscape views.

Scottsdale Ranch, North  100th Street, Scottsdale. http://www.scottsdaleranch.org/   Waterfront  estates, beautiful tennis villas, patio homes, and townhomes surround Lake  Serena and recreational amenities.

Stonegate, East  Mountain View Road, Scottsdale.  http://www.stonegate-scottsdale.com/   This  premier community provides all the seclusion of a gated resort lifestyle with tennis  courts, pool/spa, community center, and hiking trails.

Tatum Highlands, Jomax  Road & Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix.  http://www.tatumhighlandsca.org/link/linkshow.asp?link_id=17274   This  handsome residential development in a variety of architectural styles  harmonizes with a 20-acre recreational park in a pristine desert environment  just two miles from Tatum Ranch public golf course.

Tatum Ranch, Cave  Creek Road & Dixileta, Phoenix.  www.tatumranchgc.com   Covering  1,500 acres in the Sonoran desert between northeastern Phoenix and Cave Creek,  30 attractive neighborhoods are filled with beautiful homes.

Terravita, North 69th Way, Scottsdale.  www.terravitascottsdale.org   Nearly  825 pristine acres of high Sonoran desert beauty create the scenic backdrop for  lovely homes and recreational amenities that include a golf course, fine  dining, and a community center with fitness area.

Tramonto, Carefree Highway at I-17, Phoenix.  http://www.tramontocma.org/Community-Information~189322~15948.htm Single-family  residences and prime sites for custom homes join a retail town center, fine  hotel, and abundant recreational amenities for a convenient yet serene  lifestyle.

Troon North, Troon Village, Jomax & Alma School Roads, Scottsdale.  http://www.trooncc.com/   Nestled  among the boulders just north of Pinnacle Peak, these upscale communities boast  highly acclaimed Troon golf courses that are surrounded by neighborhoods filled  with luxury homes that command superb views of fairways and landscapes.

The Verdes, Rio Verde, Tonto Verde, Four  Peaks Boulevard, Rio  Verde.  http://www.rioverdeaz.com/   These  two “sister” active-adult communities surround beautiful homes with golf courses  and award-winning clubhouses. The town of Fountain Hills provides nearby  amenities.